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now president obama and republican presidential nominee mitt romney are squaring off in their first face to face debate. this is being held at the university of denver, and we're giving you a live look where president obama is currently speaking but both of the candidates have been responding to questions about domestic policy. one key topic here has been repairing the u.s. economy. each candidate seemed to disagree on how the government might help add jobs. the president seemed to call on more government initiatives while romney seeks less. the debate started about an hour ago and has 30 minutes less. we will have more in a live report from denver for you in just 12 minutes. >>> now to our continuing coverage of the oakland a's story. this afternoon the plot got even more improbable. on the final game of the regular season in front of a packed coliseum crowd, the a's quenched the american league west after never having once led the division all year. there was quite a celebration this afternoon. fred. >> absolutely, gasia. the second showering this week as a matter of fact. you kno
of the obama administration. >>> reporter: the first presidential debate started with a handshake and a romantic moment. >> 20 years ago, i became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed to marry me. >> congratulations to you, mr. president, on your anniversary. i'm sure this was the most romantic place you could imagine here with me. >> reporter: the theme of the debate for president obama appeared to be that romney's plans lacked specifics. >> is the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans secret because it's too good? >> reporter: governor romney spent the night attacking his record. >> you have been president for four years. you said would you cut the deficit in half. it's now four years later. we still have trillion dollar deficits. >> reporter: mitt romney came into the debate trailing in the polls but that could change after last night's performance. >> anytime a challenger stands on the stage with the president in a first debate they tend to get a bounce. i expect that could happen here. >> reporter: the romney campaign believes the governor
called the failed promises of the obama administration. >> reporter: the first presidential debate started with a handshake and a romantic moment. >> 20 years ago, i became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed to marry me. >> congratulations to you, mr. president, on your anniversary. i'm sure this was the most romantic place you could imagine here with me. >> reporter: the theme of the debate for president obama appeared to be that romney's plans lacked specifics. >> is the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans secret because it's too good? >> reporter: governor romney spent the night attacking his record. >> you have been president for four years. you said would you cut the deficit in half. it's now four years later. we still have trillion dollar deficits. >> reporter: mitt romney came into the debate trailing in the polls but that could change after last night's performance. >> anytime a challenger stands on the stage with the president in a first debate they tend to get a bounce. i expect that could happen here. >> reporter: the romney campai
romney won versus 2 5% for president barack obama. the first presidential debate focused and candidates have plenty to talk about including health care reform. >> in my state we had republicans and democrats come together and work together. what you did was push through a plan without a single republican vote. >> in the past two years, it has gone up but they have gone up slower than any time in the last four years. >> my number one principal said there will be no tax cut that adds to the deficit to a void the middle-class, it is maddening. >> he -- room room emphasized his campaign principles. >> look at the last four years, we have 23 million people out of work. >> the debate was low on drama and high on energy if i cannily from mitt romney. -- particularly from mitt romney. >> he seized upon that opportunity and i didn't think president barack obama was rusty so much that nobody has spoken to him like that over the last four years. >>> and the real test for the candidates come on november 6th. >>> the last debate is in florida. sandra endo, pam, back to you. >>> and right now the va
% for president barack obama. the first presidential debate focused on domestic issues. >> i like the fact my state we have republicans and democrats come and work together. what you did instead was to push through without a single republican vote. >> well, healthcare premiums have gone up slower than any in the last few years. >> i put a 4 trillion-dollar deficit reduction plan. >> my specific principal is there will be no tax cut that adds to the deficit. >> it's not possible to come up with enough loopholes to avoid either raising the deficit or burden ending the middle-class. it is mad. >> look at the evidence of the last four years. it is extraordinary. we have 23 million people out of work. >> it was high on energy, particularly from mitt romney. >> he seized upon that opportunity and he set the standard for it. i didn't think the president was rusty so much as i don't think anybody has ever spoken to him like that over the last four years. >> the real test comes on november 6th. >> now the next debate takes place in new york and the third one is at the end of the month in florida and t
poll shows out of a sampling of voters who watched the debate, 67% say romney won. versus obama's 25%. the first presidential debate focused on domestic issues and the candidates found plenty to spar over. >> i like the fact that if my state we had republicans and democrats come together and work together. what you did instead was to push through a plan without a zippable republican vote. >> over the that's two years health care premiums have gone up. it's true and they've gone up slower than any time in the last 50 years. >> reporter: in the and the deaf it the -- and the deficit. >> i put together a specific $4 trillion deficit reduction plan. >> my number one principle is there'll be no tax cut that adds to the deficit. >> reporter: the president challenged thnumbers. >> it is not possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect high income individuals to avoid either raising the deficit, or burden the middle class. it's -- it's mad. >> reporter: romney emphasized one of the campaign principles. >> it's absolutely extraordinary, we have 23 million people o
obama. according to a nationwide poll, 2/3 of the people who watched the first debate think that the republic con romney won the show down with the democratic presidential. vice presidential candidates set to square off next week in kentucky. >> let's turn our attention to weather and forecast with the forecast. >> good morning. that fog is certainly back but the good news is we aren't seeing issues with visibility. we are contending with the fog bank and will see cloudy conditions into the afternoon for some spots. satellite and radar however -- 60 degrees, maybe 61 in redwood city and heyward. other than that contending with upper 50s. mid 50s for daily system. futurecast shows where temperatures will go by lunchtime. check out 12:00 pm. all the green on your screen in north bay for places like heyward, we are only talking 60s, could see 70s for valley and places like san jose. into the afternoon highs, again keeping the green indicating 60s. however the majority of us will see 70. the orange indicates where we are sitting on the border of upper 70s, low 80s. if we see any
and by all accounts, the gop rival held his own and then some. the vice presidential debate between president obama and mitt romney didn't showcase high drama or any water cooler zingers. instead it was substantive and gave americans a better look at the candidates and their differing paths. a major key issue including taxes, medicare and the biggie, jobs. with live team coverage of the debate and how it's being received we begin with steve handelsman in denver. >> reporter: jessica, thanks. here in denver tonight, mitt romney knew he had to bring his a-game. most of those who watched figured that's what he did. the pressure was on mitt romney who needed a turnaround tonight. president obama came into the debate ahead in every battleground state. with an estimated 60 million americans watching on tv, cable and the web, moderator tjim hehrer asked, can you put more people to work. >> he would cut regulations and taxes on small businesses. >> my priority is jobs. so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> governor romney's proposal that he has been promoting for 18 months calls fo
. >> and also, mitt romney and president obama predicted the stage in denver, they have gathered. with this historic presidential debate. we have a lot of people expected to watch. joining us, our political analyst. and do you think that these guys are going to be nervous? >> absolutely! it is one of the biggest nights for each of them. it is make or break it is a close election. there is a lot riding on this. and they do not want to make a mess step. there are all of these thoughts. they do not want to make a misstep. that is the beauty, that is where a mistake could happen and that is what people are waiting to see what happens tonight. >>pam: you have been involved in the debate before what happened would happen? do you try to get your candid it to relax? your candidate? >> sometimes it would depend on a different candidate. and it would even go right before the moment but that they go on and see how fast they can answer a quick question. you are working on timing. you are working on getting your point across and your trying to get the candid relaxed. that is the impossible. t
. >>> reporter: the first presidential debate started with a handshake and a romantic moment. >> 20 years ago, i became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed to marry me. >> congratulations to you, mr. president, on your anniversary. i'm sure this was the most romantic place you could imagine here with me. >> reporter: the theme of the debate for president obama appeared to be that romney's plans lacked specifics. >> is the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans secret because it's too good? >> reporter: governor romney spent the night attacking his record. >> we still have deficit. >> reporter: mitt romney came into the debate trailing in the polls but that could change after last night's performance. >> anytime a challenger stands on the stage with the president in a first debate they tend to get a bounce. i expect that could happen here. >> reporter: the romney campaign believes the governor scored a knockout. >> i believe that governor romney was the clear winner of this debate. if it was a boxing match it would have been called. >> reporter: an instant cbs
-- >> governor mitt romney is going to have a busy first day because he is going to repeal obama care among democrats as you can sitting down with them. >> and the next presidential debate is on october 16th in new york. >> time now 4:33, people gathered at debate watch parties and over flow crowds showed up in san jose and among those, political science professors. i think mitt romney did a great job, obama looked a little off his game. i think mitt romney did a better job tonight. >> i think the winner is the president because he is the president and his opponent has to be able to say why he should be better than the incumbent and i don't think that was necessarily done tonight. >> and a debate feels 6 5% feels mitt romney won compared to 2 5% for the president. and 48% for mitt romney, compared to 2 5% for the president. >>> and fact statements you will find that on our website www.ktvu.com. >>> they will replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole. here are the -- here is the news about that. >>> and there is a dispute that happened in the city of glenn cove neighborhoo
>>> your own airplane and house, but not your own facts. >> it's math. >> president obama and mitt romney duked it out in denver. and it was all about what rolle the government should play in the lives of americans. healthcare, and the economy, big topics of the debate >> the first presidential debate is now in the books. a contentious but not overtly hostile affair. they traded jabs about how to bring jobs back to america and other points. one of the issues was tax cuts, specifically cuts for high-income americans. >> i will not reduce the share paid by high-income individuals. i know that you and your running mate keep saying that, but it's not just not the case. i've got five boys. i'm used to people saying something that's not true and hoping i'll believe it. but that is not the case. >> for 18 months, he's been running on this tax plan. and now five weeks before the election, he's saying that his big, bold idea is never mind! and the fact is if you are lowering the rates the way you describe, governor, then it is not possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes tha
more debates to do. i think you'll see a different barack obama in two weeks. >> joe is going to be with us next week for the vice presidential debate, giving us analysis then. >> thanks so much. >>> you know, it would take hours for a full debate fact check, so we're just going to look at two, courtesy of the associated press. president obama suggested that the united states will save money by winding down the wars in iraq and afghanistan. the truth? the wars were funded with borrowed money, so ending them only means less borrowing, not a new pool of available cash. and then there was mr. romney's claim that the president's health care plan creates an unelected board to tell people what kind of treatments they can have. the truth? the board looks at overall medical costs and by law does not have the power to tell doctors what treatments they can prescribe. >>> starting tomorrow, president obama and mitt romney weigh in on the issues in an exclusive presidential forum on the web. >>> it took the full 162 games, but tonight the oakland a's sit atop the american league west. tha
mates think of last night's presidential debate? joe biden says president obama did a solid job presenting the democrats' message. >> if you just finished watching the debate like i did, i'm sure you're as proud of president obama as i am. you know, i've been saying for a long time, this election presents the starkest choice in my memory. i think the president did a wonderful job in making just how clear that is. >> nice of the vice president being in a dark room in a disclosed location. >> paul ryan agreed with those who say mitt romney was a big winner. he said mitt won this debate by articulating his positive vision for a better america and the specific solutions needed to achieve. that is interesting. one of the major critiques is he had no specific. >> and one issue they never touched is immigration. 20% of the population in colorado where last night's debate was held is latinos. they're more optimistic about the economy than nonlatino white voters. still, six in ten latinos say the economy is in poor shape. a separate poll found a majority of latinos think the economy is a
. >> voters on both sides turned out at viewing parties around the bay area to watch the presidential debate. leslie brinkley was on both sides to gauge rex a. she is live in -- on both sides to gauge reaction. >> there is a lot of baseball analogies. some say obama hit a homerun, and others say romney who was the allstar. >> i think he hit a homerun. we have two victories in the bay area with the oakland a's and the giants, and i think the president is there with them. >> the national co chair of technology for obama turns this nightclub on howard street into a place for 500 obama supporters to watch the great debate. >> i think obama has kept his cool. i think he has answered everything in reasonable, honest , nonmudslinging ways. >> i think obama is doing a good job. he has had a few zingers on romney. romney is cardboard and very flat. >> others critique the moderator for limiting the banter. >> they both looked uncomfortable. it looked like he was not allowing either to debate. >> but there was a different take on the debate across the bay in walnut creek where the gop supporters conven
around the bay area to watch the presidential debate. leslie brinkley was on both sides to gauge rex a. she is live in -- on both sides to gauge reaction. >> there is a lot of baseball analogies. some say obama hit a homerun, and others say romney who was the allstar. >> i think he hit a homerun. we have two victories in the bay area with the oakland a's and the giants, and i think the president is there with them. >> the national co chair of technology for obama turns this nightclub on howard street into a place for 500 obama supporters to watch the great debate. >> i think obama has kept his cool. i think he has answered everything in reasonable, honest , nonmudslinging ways. >> i think obama is doing a good job. he has had a few zingers on romney. romney is cardboard and very flat. >> others critique the moderator for limiting the banter. >> they both looked uncomftable. it looked like he was not allowing either to debate. >> but there was a different take on the debate across the bay in walnut creek where the gop supporters convened. >> romney came out much stronger than obama figu
back >>> the first presidential debate is now history. it was -- president obama and mitt romney trading jabs over several domestic issues and a c nn poll shows that 67% of americans believe that romney won the debate. >>> police are investigating two separate murders that happened in san hoe san jose overnight. it makes 36 homicides this year. the first victim was transported to the hospital and early this morning and the second was pronounced dead at the scene. we have a live report throughout the morning. >>> fleet week is picking up with a lot going on today an all weekend. the blue angels are practicing. look up over the bay and you'll get that show. live in san francisco with updates throughout the morning on the other things to see this weekend in fleet week. >>> bay area sports with the coliseum, you can hear the fans cheering. for first time all season. the oakland athletics win the division in amazing fashion. they were five games behind texas with nine games left in the regular season. standing room only and the fans are going nuts, up 1-0 until texas lifts them up bu
the first presidential debate this, is a live picture of the ritchie center at university of denver, president obama and mitt rom fee will square off. this bill focus on domestic poll sismt it's a critical moment and there is romney looking to makeup ground lost in key swing states, you can consumer watch it here start agent 6:00 tonight and this is also going stream live for you. >> an information sharing program has grown into a boondoggel producing little information on terrorists that. is the charge contained in a panel report issued today. panel members charge homeland security with spending almost $1.5 billion on intelligence sharing senters row viding useless reports. and a new report reveals how president obama would have handled the september 11th mastermind had he survived the raid last year. the author said the president wanted to put bin laden on trial z says however that did he not expect him to go down without a fight. that book is due out in a couple weeks october 16th. >> still to come there is also, facebook rolls out a new way to give your posting better visibility
for mitt romney and president obama this morning after last night's first presidential debate in denver. a strong showing from romney who went on the offensive criticizing the president's spending record. >> you've been president for four years you said would you cut the deficit in half, we still have trillion dollar deficit. if you are reelected we'll get to a trillion dollar debt. >> romney actaed the president's handling of the economy saying mr. obama spent most of his energy pushing through sweeping overhaul of health care instead of focusing on job creation. >> the president: at some point, i think the american people have to ask is the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans to replace secret, balls they are too good? is it because that some -- because they are too good? is it because that somehow middle class families will benefit too much? >> pundits are saying romney's aggressive performance last night was what he needed to do to generate much needed momentum for his campaign. >> bay area voters tuned in to watch and react. >> romney was came out much stronger t
parties around the bay area to watch the presidential debate. leslie brinkley was on both sides to gauge rex a. she is live in -- on both sides to gauge reaction. >> there is a lot of baseball analogies. some say obama hit a homerun, and others say romney whothe al. the allstar. >> i think he hit a homerun. we have two victories in the bay area with the oakland a's and the giants, and i think the president is there with them. >> the national co chair of technology for obama turns this nightclub on howard street into a place for 500 obama supporters to watch the great debate. >> i think obama has kept his cool. i think he has answered everything in reasonable, honest , nonmudslinging ways. >> i think obama is doing a good job. he has had a few zingers on romney. romney is cardboard and very flat. >> others critique the moderator for limiting the banter. >> they both looked uncomfortable. it looked like he was not allowing either to debate. >> but there was a different take on the debate across the bay in walnut creek where the gop supporters convened. >> romney came out much stronger than
at party headquarters in san jose for the upcoming presidential debate. we'll show you why president obama shorters are anxious but confident. >>> and we're here in walnut creek where the republicans are getting together. they believe romney can knock it out of the park. ñçbÑ >>> complete bay area news coverage continues. this is ktvu channel 2 news at 5. >>> how about those amazing a's? man, they are the talk of the bay area tonight as the team many counted out are now the western division champs. at one point this summer, the a's were 13 games out of the first place. but tonight they are the champs after another stunning come- from-behind victory for the oakland a's. we continue now with our live team coverage. ktvu's john is outside the coliseum with the fans who are still going crazy. >> reporter: things are finally starting to settle a little bit. a lot of people are lined up. the traffic has been taking forever to get out of here. but if you pan to the right, you can still see a lot of people out in the parking lot here just enjoying the moments. certainly some folks down here on
presidency? we'll take a look in business news. >>> welcome back to now decision 2012. both president obama and mitt romney are back on the campaign trail talking to voters less than 24 hours after the first presidential debate of this campaign. nbc's danielle leigh is in washington with how political advisers say last night's debate could affect today's conversations. >> reporter: republican mitt romney may have secured exactly what he needed out of this first presidential debate, a fresh look for undecided voters. >> he laid out a very clear choice and a big choice. that's what this election is about. >> reporter: the candidates sparred on key issues this election, taxes, job growth and medicare. >> i'd rather have a private plan. i'd just as soon not have the government telling me what kind of health care i can have. >> every study has shown that medicare has lowered administrative costs than private insurance does which is why seniors are generally pretty happy with it. and private insurers have to make a profit. >> reporter: even advisers to president obama admit romney did well. >> i
falsehoods and turnabouts. there are still two more presidential debates. and mr. obama has the facts on his side to expose the hollowness of his opponent, but first he has to decide to use them aggressively. i think a lot of people felt that way. >> jon meacham, you'd have to go back to the 2004 bush debate. first bush debate to find a clear winner like we had last night. when you have even liberal publications, liberal editorial pages saying that barack obama didn't show up, and mitt romney won it going away. >> i think that's right. and i think -- it's interesting that incumbent presidents, as we've been talking about, you know, are not accustomed to this forum. it's been a long time since he's been challenged like that. i remember president bush, george w. bush, was quoted -- used to be quoted as saying, you know, people will be out in the oval office waiting room and they'll say i'm going to go in and tell the president, great texas phrase, what all, and they get in and they say oh, what a lovely tie, mr. president. and i think that's a big part of this. and i think that that's one of t
. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> woodruff: the first presidential debate is behind them, but the two sides went at it again today. republicans said their man took it to the president in the denver duel. the obama camp charged the truth got trampled in the process. >> la night i thought was a great opportunity for the american people to see two very different visions for the country. and -- (applause) -- and i think it was helpful to be able to describe those visions. i said the president's vision is trickle-down government and i don't think that's what america believes in. i see instead a prosperity that comes through freedom. >> reporter: romney's reception at the event was reinforced by instant polling that he won last night's encounter by more than 2-1. but at an obama rally in denver, the president charged romney had repeatedly misrepresented his own positions on jobs and taxes. >> so you see the man on stage last night, he does not want to be held accountable for the real mitt romney's decisions and what he's been saying for the last year. and that's
of dollars. >> and what is nearly a >>> both presidential candidates back out on the campaign trail today. and there is president obama spent the morning in denver before heading to wisconsin for an afternoon rally. >> mitt romney saying you're not entitled to makeup your own facts. we've checked on what both had to say and whether or not it was factual. biggest dispute was over tax autos governor romney's central economic plan calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> i don't have a $5 trillion kachl tut can you tell. >> governor romney's proposal calls for a $5 dwrinl tax cut. >> i'm in the looking for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> fact check? the president is wrong to say romney's plan will add $5 twrinl to the deficit. romney said as he did last night the plan to lower the rate will be offset by closing loopholes and limiting deductions. and romney won't identify which loopholes or deduction. and concluded it's not possible to find enough loopholes and deductions. romney criticized that study. >> he cite a study. there are six studies looking at that study you described and say it's wrong. >> s
of the efficiency presidential debate. a cnn poll of 430 people who watched the debate showed 67% thought romney won compared to 25% who thought president obama won. the cbs news poll of undecided voters found 46% siding with romney, 22% for mr. obama. and 32% saying it was a tie. >>> here is some of what both the president and romney said during last night's debate. >> i like the fact that in my state we had republicans and democrats come together and work together. what you did instead was to push through a plan without a single republican vote. >> over the last two years healthcare premiums have gone up it is true but they have done up slower than ape time in the last 50 years. >> i put forward a specific 4 trillion dollar deficit reduction plan. >> my number 1 principal is there will be no tax cut that adds to the deficit. >> it is not possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that only effect high income individuals to avoid either raising the deficit or burdening the middle class, it is math. >> i like big bird and you too, but i am not going to keep borrowing money from china t
how he is going to address his performance today and what the spin is from the obama campaign. >> that is interesting. the next debate is the vice- presidential debate, that will be interesting as will. all right. carla, san francisco political reporter joining us live from a rally for president obama after the debate in denver, colorado, thank you, carla. >> thanks for having me. >> we have more information on the debate on our website including a fact check of the statements made, a lot of numbers, facts and figures thrown out. find that there. >> 7:50. glaring deficiencies, tough criticism of the oakland police department. pam cook is in our newsroom with this call to action to make things better and safer in oakland. what is that about? >> it actually all started 10 years ago with an oakland police scandal known as the riders case and has resurfaced with the occupy movement. police response to occupy oakland last october is called troubling. that comes from the monitor appointed by the court after the rider case to oversee the actions of the oakland police department. he s
. >>> decision 2012 now. let's talk politics. the first presidential debate is now officially in the history books. it was at times contentious but not overly hostile. president obama and mitt romney traded jabs here and there mostly about how to bring jobs back to america and other domestic issues as well. take a listen. >> i like the fact that in my state we had republicans and democrats come together and work together. what you did instead was to push through a plan without a single republican vote. >> over the last two years health care premiums have gone up. it's true, but they've gone up slower than any time in the last 50 years. >> i put forward a specific $4 trillion deficit reduction plan. >> my number one principle is there will be no tax cut that adds to the deficit. >> it is not possible to come up with enough deductions and loop loopholes that only effect high income individuals to either avoid raising the deficit or burdennening the middle class. it's math. >> according to a nationwide poll last night 2/3 of people who watched the debate think romney won the showdown. the vice
. >> as far as how he did with president obama? >> i think there is a certain level of making president obama feel uncomfortable. >> throwing him for a loop. >> and walnut creek, kron 4. >> stay with kron 4 but decision 2012 and the presidential debate. we invite you with your thoughts. >>catherine: go to our facebook fan section, www.kron4.com >>jacqueline: cooler temperatures. and once that fog made its way along the coast by 2:00 p.m. the inland valleys did get into the '90s. 94 degrees in concord. and 90's in napa. 72 degrees in san rafael. >>pam: bay area sports fan are in baseball heaven. the oakland a's. and the american league west with reactions from players and the fans. with a warning for the east cape with dangerous objects being thrown at cars from a freeway overpass. from the east to-bay toward the oakland police department is under fire. and it could be controlled by the federal government. what was grandma's cold remedy? hi, primo! asopao! right, asopao! there you go cuz, so you can sweat it out! oh, and music... ( all ) music? ... heals the soul. the power to share unites us.
is doing with is low drama obama, low pressure. even if he hasn't won on points he would be perceived the winner because he would seem to be presidential and not off his game. >> reporter: there hasn't been a lot of talk about it, six segments on domestic policy, giving them more time. >> it's supposed to. it's supposed to be on domestic issues and hopefully it will be. i will tell you from experience as a debate and coach that often times the candidate still finds ways to bring subjects in that aren't on topic necessarily. and for the person in your soundbyte before who was saying i'm looking for that plan, you won't get that because these answer are a couple of minutes and the problems are complex. the debate tonight and i think what most voters are looking for who are undecided at this point is some analysis about jobs. look to see if they are giving anything in the way of specifics about those tonight and who is more credible and more like himself as a real push. >> those unscripted moments, right? >> yes. >> thank you, joe tuman. he is going to join us later tonight. you can wat
presidential debates. next week we also have the vice presidential debate. it will be interesting to find out what kind of adjustments team obama will be making over the next few days. >> let's talk about those adjustments. how is the obama campaign reacting to the president's performance today? >> well, you know, first of all, they are praising his performance, saying it was a rong performance, but they're going after the substance, saying -- criticizing him, saying that his policies, his plans, what he said during the debate last night. there were a lot of flaws, distortions. take a listen to the president's campaign as senior adviser david axelrod on the "today" show this morning. >> i didn't say he was out debated. i think he treated the american people like adults and he told them the truth, which was a f d fundamental distinction between him and governor romney last night on a whole host of issues. i joked that governor romney put more preparation into it than they did into the invasion of normandy. i expected a strong performance. i got a strong performance. that's what it was acres p
's right, mitt romney getting the win in this first bout of three bouts in the presidential debates after he aggressively went after president obama on the economy, taxes, deficits, healthcare reform, and other domestic policy issues, and of course there were some zingers. listen. >> what we're seeing right now is in my view a trickle down government approach which has government thinking it can do a better job than free people pursuing their dreams, and it is not working. and the proof of that is 23 million people out of work. >> well, for 18 months he's been running on this tax plan, and now five weeks before the election, he's saying that his big bold idea is never mind. peter: both candidates back out on the campaign trail to of course key swing states. the president at a rally here in colorado this morning, then he heads off to wisconsin. governor romney and his running mate paul ryan will be in virginia today. we will be watching the polls to see if romney gets any post-debate bounce. dagen and connell, back to you. connell: peter thanks. still live for us in denver this morning. da
with a little extra pep in his step following his performance during last night's first presidential debate. in fact he is repeating today some of the very same lines he used last last night against president obama. we will have the rest of that story at the white house. certainly invigorated his campaign. now a day later, the obama camp is trying to use his words against him. the crowd at the conservative conference in colorado welcomed mitt romney with thunderous applause on saturday. it was a victory lap. >> trickle down government that the president proposes is one where he will raise taxes on small business, which will kill jobs. i instead want to keep taxes down on small businesses to create jobs. >> an instant cbs news poll of the uncommittedded voters showed that he won the first debate by a margin of 2-1. speaking on thursday, he continues to draw contrast with the president. >> we don't measure compassion on how many people to put on food stamp and how many you can get a good job to get off the food stamps. >> reporter: president obama came out swinging on thursday, something tha
: president obama looked relaxed this week. mitt romney too, but he knows he has to change perceptions tonight. more voters now see romney negatively than see him positively. and that loses elections. >> only two presidential candidates in the last 20 years of "the wall street journal"/nbc polling have had a net negative image at this point and one of them lost, george h.w. bush. and romney needs to improve that dynamic. >> reporter: romney got good news from three battlegrounds. in florida he is now behind by just one point. still way down in ohio. but in virginia, romney is down by just two. with a lot on the line in past debates, romney is doing well. >> going up against mitt romney is not a fun thing. he has the fax. he drills you. he stays. he is tenacious. >> reporter: and sometimes aggressive. >> the idea that i'm anti-immigrant is repulsive. don't use a term like that. >> reporter: aides admit barack obama in debates can sound like a professorial no-it-all. >> i understand the broader point that senator clinton has been trying to make over the last several weeks. >> reporter: tonight's
presidential debates is over. this morning, most of the people who watched it say governor mitt romney got the upper hand on president obama. >> the candidates traded views on the economy, domestic issues and jan crawford is at the site of last night's debate in denver. jan, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norahad h and charlie and to our viewers in the west. this is the only presidential debate out here in the west. mitt romney last night owned it. if you have any doubt, look at this morning's denver post of the swing state here, colorado, saying he may have changed the dynamics of this race. >> under the president's policies, middle income americans have been buried. they're just being crushed. >> it was an energized mitt romney taking direct aim at the president's economic policies and offering a sharply different approach. >> we know that the path we're taking is not working. it's time for a new path. >> romney came into the night with polls showing most voters thought the president would win. he clearly exceeded expectations. cbs news poll of uncommitted voters shows by a 2-1
morning, everyone. the presidential candidates hit the campaign trail this morning. political commentators from both sides of the aisle are calling the first debate a win for republican mitt romney. as a seemingly lackluster president obama failed to take the reins. a hot topic of the debate, medicare, president obama says he based his health care law on romney's own plan for massachusetts. but romney stuck to his promise to repeal the law if elected. and despite being a prominent issue this week on the campaign trail, the candidates did not tackle the topic of immigration. >>> turkey's deputy prime minister says a bill authorizing the use of force against syria is intended as a deterrent and not a declaration of war. that bill was approved by turkey's parliament this morning. turkish troops fired for the second day in retaliation for syrian mortar fire that killed five civilians in a turkish border town. >>> health officials say a deadly meningitis outbreak may be linked to steroid injections manufactured at a massachusetts pharmacy. the drug maker has recalled the steroid used to treat m
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